Fight goes on for Waterfront docking

2012-01-24 21:56

Cape Town - The Western Cape government will continue to fight for passenger ships to be allowed to dock at Cape Town's Waterfront, Tourism MEC Alan Winde said on Tuesday.

Winde said the cruise liner industry was an important niche product offering for tourism in the city.

"On an annual basis, it currently generates an estimated R206m for the province’s economy, a figure that is expected to grow significantly over the coming years as the City of Cape Town and national government roll out cruise line tourism strategies."

He said in order to ensure it was able to increase this industry’s contribution to economic growth, it was essential that visiting cruise liners be given "a world-class reception" by allowing ships below 200m in length to berth at the Waterfront.

Winde said he had called for an urgent meeting with Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to discuss lifting the ban on cruise liners docking at the V&A Waterfront.

The ban, which had been in place for two weeks, had already affected docking arrangements of two cruise liners and would affect another eight in the coming months.

"I will continue to fight for this cause," Winde said.

One of the world’s most luxurious ocean liners, the Queen Mary 2, docked at the Eastern Mole in the Port of Cape Town earlier on Tuesday.

The QM2, which is more than 345m long, has a guest capacity of 3 056 and carries 1 253 crew. Due to its length, the ship is not able to dock at the Waterfront.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-24 22:19

    Instead of putting this in the usual mudslinging arena between parties DA and ANC, discuss the technical issues/reasons for home affairs to withdraw this facility? If valid? Make a plan for using the other dock and the landing passengers or adjust the current situation.

      Piet - 2012-01-24 22:46

      “Tariq Mellet, director of immigration in the Western Cape, apparently informed Sars (SA Revenue Service), Customs and Border Management in December that the Ministers of Home Affairs and Public Enterprises had decided that, because of security consideration and Home Affairs regulations, passenger vessels may not berth at the Waterfront, but must be accommodated in the Duncan Dock,” Ingpen wrote. He said Home Affairs apparently did not regard the number two jetty as a legitimate entry point, “yet passengers have been embarking and disembarking there for over 100 years, and numerous other vessels, including international yachts, berth there".

      Zebelon - 2012-01-25 22:41

      @Bernpm : The point is just what you are futilly avoiding; it is an endeavour by the ANC leadership to throttle the DA led province and municipality. Why truncate a revenue generating arrangement for a flimsy reason?

  • wcslater - 2012-01-24 22:39

    This is such a lame tactic of the ANC...

  • Zebelon - 2012-01-24 23:45

    The ANC Minister, Nkosazana Zuma, is stiffling the very economy that would make this country a better place. Or is this a collective ANC decision to frustrate the DA led Western Cape? Leaders must not be petty thinkers; they need to think in terms of what is good for South Africa.

  • JournoSergio - 2012-01-25 02:46

    Some decisions that are made seem very illogical. I say this because all passengers and crew on the cruise liners have valid passports, unlike the people crossing the border iillegally, yet the cruise liners are the greater concern? One can only wonder how such decisions come to be...

  • Karlheinz von Bentheim - 2012-01-25 06:05

    This is no more than a pissing competition.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-25 09:45

    Dear Western Cape Government. This is the time and opportunity to start addressing the lack of proper passenger liner terminal. It will increase the volume of liners visiting the area and further enhance the tourist industry which needs a boost

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-25 12:39

    Time for the Cape to declare itself a republic, its the only chance anyone in this country stands a chance at survival.

      Leslie - 2012-01-25 13:54

      i agree let the idiots have the qauntity while the wp has the qaulity

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